New York Woman's Literary Salon

December 1976 Newsletter

Text of the Newsletter:
The first Woman's Salon of the New Year will be an OPEN READING and OPEN HOUSE in celebration of woman's culture and the woman's community.

For all Salon Members, Guests and Friends
Sunday, January 2, 1977
2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.: readings
1 to 2 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.: social hour
463 West St., Apt. 933B, Duncan
Westbeth--Between Bank & Bethune Sts.
Come and share your poetry, fiction, playwriting, criticism or music with Salon members and guests. Sign-up for a reading time during the social hour preceeding each set. Presentations limited to 10 to 15 minutes. Please bring food in lieux of the one dollar donation: breads, cheese cake. cookies. wine, nuts, fruit or juice. The Salon will supply egg nog. Come help us celebrate the New Year.

NOVEMBER SALON: Over a hundred women heard Robin Morgan read poems from Lady of the Beasts, including the poem, "Voices From Six Tapestries." Slides of the Unicorn Tapestries accompanied Robin's reading. The poet also read one poem from her first book, Monster, and a new, as yet unpublished, poem to her mother. Robin's reading marked the occasion of the Woman's Salon's first birthday.

WINTER SOLSTICE: A Participatory Chant: Reverence to Her "to help invoke the female forces of the universe present in all people" will take place on the evening of the Winter Solstice: December 21, 1976 at 6 p.m. under the full moon at Battery Park, N.Y. Bring a sound maker and dance around the fire. The artist, Donna Henes, is in desperate need of financial assistance in order to complete this piece in time for presentation on the Winter Solstice. If you would like to make a tax deductable donation to help meet the expenses of Reverence to Her please contact Donna Henes at 875-2764.

REBECCAH: The play by Karen Malpede which was read at the March Salon is being performed by a company of women at Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd St. Dec. 9, 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 12 at 2:30; Dec. 14, 15, l6, l7, l8, 19, 2l, 22 and Jan. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 at 7:30. December 16 is reserved for an all woman audience. Tuesday nights attendance is free. For information and reservations call 564-1235. REBECCAH is directed by Tina Shepard, who also acts the title role. Marcie Begleiter is the designer. Members of the acting company are: Jan Cohen, Sybille Hayn, Ellen Maddow, Ann Cain McGinnis, Gloria Mojica, Pam Verge, Lois Weaver.

CHRYSALIS is a new magazine of women's culture publishing a premier issue in January, 1977. Subscriptions are $10 for one year. Write CHRYSALIS, c/o The Woman's Building, 1727 N. Spring St, Dept. A, Los Angeles, Ca. 90012. Articles by Kirsten Grimstad and Susan Rennie, Florence Rush on child abuse, Ruth Iskin and others, poetry by Adrienne Rich and Honor Moore are scheduled.

OMAHA MAGIC THEATER is available for New York performances. Playwrights with the company are Megan Terry and Judith Katz. Jo Ann Schmidman is director. Write them in Omaha Neb.

OIBRE EALAIN dancers performed at the Cubiculo Theater in October. Choreography for the group is by Deirdre Glasheen who is currently at work on a dance film. For information about the group, whose name means "work of art" in Gaelic, call Deirde Glasheen at 636-3600.

WOMANBOOKS will inaugurate a new series of multimedia events during January. First Sunday, 2p.m.: Children's readings, clowns, puppetry; First Tuesday, 8 p.m.: Open reading, poetry and prose. Second Wednesday, 8 p.m.: Cultural reading. Bring a short piece on scheduled subject of the evening. Third Thursday, 8 p.m.: dance, drama, music, sing-along. Fourth Friday, 8 p.m.: open forum, discussion. Womanbooks is at 201 West 92nd St. Tele: 873-4121.

SMALL PRESS REVIEWING COLUMN has been created by Rochelle Holt of Ragnarok Press, 1719 13th Ave., South Birmingham, Ala. 35205. Her first newsletter issue contained eight reviews of books from presses in California, Conn., Iowa, Michigan and Alabama.

NEW DAY FILMS, a collective that produces and distributes feminist films, has just issued a new catalogue. Write New Day Films, P.0. Box 315, Franklin Lakes, N.J., 17417 (201) 891-8240.

SALON NEWS. Recent articles about the Salon appear in the Gazette Section of the December Ms Magazine and the Fall issue of Womanart. Both articles are by Salon founder Gloria Orenstein.

PUBLISHERS are contributing books to be sold at the book table at the Woman's Salon. From Knopf: Silent Witness by Susan Yankowitz and Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy. Harcourt-Brace: Diaries and Essays by Anias Nin. Random House: Lady of the Beasts by Robin Morgan, Pregnancy after 35 by Carole Spearin McCauley, Woman Hating by Andrea Dworkin, The Curse by Mary Jane Lupton, Janice Delaney, Emily Toth, Marmelade Me by Jill Johnston. Oxford: Woman & Marriage in Victorian Fiction by Jenni Calder, Perish the Thought: Intellectual Women in Romantic America l830-1868 by Susan P. Conrad; The Face of Eve: Women in 19th Century American Novel by Judith Fryer, Women-Work: Women and the Party in Revolutionary China by Delia Darin. Harper & Row: Our Blood by Andrea Dworkin, The Growth and Development of Mothers by Angela Barron McBride, Sleep it Off Lady by Jean Rhys, A Married Feminist by Angela Barron McBride, The Mermaid and the Minotour by Dorothy Dinnerstein.

SEAGULL PUBLICATIONS is a new publishing house owned and operated by two women. They are now accepting manuscripts. Love Games by poet Wende Locke and Wonderwoman Breakfast, a novel by Louise Bell, are the first books on their list. Write them at 1220 Ocean Ave, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230.

POETRY by Robin Morgan, Audre Lorde, Ellen Marie Bissert, Phyllis White, Fran Winant, Juday Greenspan and Leah Fritz, read by the authors, comprised a benefit evening for Labryis Books on December 4 at the Women's Center.

CORRECTION. We are sorry that we mispelled Helen Haukeness's name in the last newsletter. Not one of the Woman's Salon cooridinators can spell very many words at all and proof reading is a skill beyond us. But we do strive not to transform names beyond all recognition.

Erika Duncan/ Karen Malpede / Carole Spearin McCauley / Gloria Feman Orenstein

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